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Revenge of the punks

Revenge of the punks

Adam Webb, Contributing Writer

September 24, 2018

With no flower crowns or henna tattoos in sight, Riot Fest’s 14th installment concluded last weekend in Douglas Park, marking the end of the festival season in Chicago. Riot Fest, Chicago’s annual carnival of punk music, has taken many forms since its inception in 2005. Through the years, however,...

From extra toilet paper to budgeting, a Chicago music festival survival guide

From extra toilet paper to budgeting, a Chicago music festival survival guide

Kirsten Onsgard and Erin Yarnall

May 30, 2016

The big festivals Pitchfork Music Festival July 15-17, Union Park A music festival organized by Pitchfork media that also features a record fair. This year’s headliners include Brian Wilson and Carly Rae Jepsen. Lollapalooza July 28-31, Grant Park Chicago’s largest festival is four days lo...

Misfits, Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab headline Riot Fest

Misfits, Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab headline Riot Fest

Kirsten Onsgard

May 18, 2016

Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Rob Zombie and Social Distortion join the original lineup of the Misfits in headlining this year's Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago. The festival will take place Sept. 16-18 once again at Douglas Park, where it moved last year. Also performing is Brand Ne...

You’re here for whom? Bands to check out at Riot Fest

You’re here for whom? Bands to check out at Riot Fest

Erin Yarnall

August 17, 2015

We did the homework so you don't have to. Check back for the scoop on bands you can't miss at Riot Fest this year. Read More »...

Riot Fest announces 2015 Chicago lineup

Kirsten Onsgard

May 27, 2015

UPDATE: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special were added to the lineup during an announcement June 23. System of a Down, No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop and Snoop Dogg will headline Riot Fest in Chicago this year. The festival will take place Sept. 11-13 in Douglas Park. Other acts announced include Damian Marley, Motorhead, Rancid, ...

Riot Fest announces move to Douglas Park

Riot Fest announces move to Douglas Park

Kirsten Onsgard

May 20, 2015

After protests from Humboldt Park residents and 26th Ward Ald. Maldonado, Riot Fest announced May 20 that the festival will move to Douglas Park on Chicago's West Side. Read More »...

Riot Fest risks losing Humboldt Park home

Riot Fest risks losing Humboldt Park home

Erin Yarnall

May 17, 2015

See update. The Humboldt Park-based music festival, Riot Fest, was recently named the best music festival according to readers of USA Today and 10Best. The festival, which took place in September, hosted over 100 bands spanning three days, as crowds gathered in rain and shine, and even more rain. Read More »...

You’re here for who? Bands to check out during Chicago music festival season

You’re here for who? Bands to check out during Chicago music festival season

Erin Yarnall

May 3, 2015

We did the homework so you don't have to. Check back each week for the scoop on bands you can't miss at Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, North Coast and Riot Fest this year. Read More »...

Review: Day Three of Riot Fest 2014

Review: Day Three of Riot Fest 2014

Erin Yarnall

September 15, 2014

[slideshow_deploy id='3468'] The last day of Riot Fest always brings up a lot of emotions. Sadness, because the most fun weekend of the year is over. Happiness, because your sleep schedule will soon go back to normal. Most importantly, though, excitement, because for the most part, Riot Fest follow...

Interview: Frank Iero of Frnkiero and the Cellabration at Riot Fest 2014

Interview: Frank Iero of Frnkiero and the Cellabration at Riot Fest 2014

Erin Yarnall

September 14, 2014

Frank Iero has not simply sat still since the breakup of his former band, My Chemical Romance. The musician has become a father for the third time, started a new band called Death Spells, released a two-track release entitled For Jamia…, and most recently released Stomachaches, put out under t...

Review: Day Two of Riot Fest 2014

Review: Day Two of Riot Fest 2014

Erin Yarnall

September 13, 2014

[slideshow_deploy id='3398'] Riot Fest has always been a festival with large lines and crowds. Lines to go to the bathroom, to get food, but this year the lines to get into the second day of the festival were obnoxiously long. Read More »...

Review: Day One of Riot Fest 2014

Review: Day One of Riot Fest 2014

Erin Yarnall

September 13, 2014

[slideshow_deploy id='3366'] [hr] A lot can happen in 10 years. People get older, places change, and Riot Fest evolves from a few bands playing headliner shows at numerous venues throughout Chicago, to a weekend music festival with carnival rides and huge headliners in Humboldt Park. Read ...

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